rayg1 (586) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - JAN 8, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
This stuff actually wasnít too bad although I drank this WAY too warm probably like 60 degrees plus. Anyway as soon as I opened the bottle I could tell this thing was packed with hops. Taste is hardcore simcoe, with out even knowing what hops they used I picked out the simcoe first thing. Grassy and bitter this is a pretty strong IPA.
shigadeyo (3635) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 6, 2007
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz bottle from illinismitty... My first ever bottle of Smut! Thanks for picking up a bottle of this for me on one of your trips. I really appreciate it Sean! --
Smuttynose IPA pours a golden orange color. It is cloudy and has some sediment suspended in it. It has a foamy white head that collpses to leave a nice frothy crown and lots of detailed lacing effects. The aroma is toasted grains and a grassy hopiness. Flavor? Well, this is a true IPA. It is crammed full of hops and all the great flavors (grassy and citrus zest in this case) and bitterness associated with them! The bitterenss is aggressive at first and really jumps out during the first drink. After the inital shock, it becomes much more manageable and more of the underlying toasted malt flavors are noticeable. According to the Smuttynose web site, this IPA only has 65 IBUs, but to be honest, it feel much higher but is well done in this brew (it isnít just a huge bitter hop bomb). This beer has an average body. It feels huge in the mouth because of itís hop intensity, but it is actually lighter on the palate than expected and quite refreshing. Sadly, itís another really good beer unavailable to me directly in my area...
12 oz bottle (Best before Jan 07).
spector (906) - Lancaster, Ohio, USA - JAN 6, 2007
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Light hops in the aroma.Pours light copper with an off white head.Slight hops in the flavor.A little thin with a slight malty finish.
DHeubs (9) - Yonkers, New York, USA - JAN 5, 2007 does not count
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
This is one of the, if not THE best IPA iíve ever had. Really hoppy, but not in an offensive way. Smooth with a full bodied taste, but it didnít weigh me down.
greenhorn1 (850) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - DEC 27, 2006
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz bottle. Pours a cloudy orange with a decent head and medium to high carbonation. Woodsy and floral nose. Flavor has a piney back with a citrus bite. In addition, I can taste floral notes and a sweet carmel chew. There is a pleasant lingering bitterness. Very nice IPA that competes with the best in the west.
grimreeser (797) - Minnesota, USA - DEC 16, 2006
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a lighter golden amber with a good sized frothy head. Very hoppy pine and citrus aroma. Woodiness comes through in the flavor, not exactly my type of IPA.
tomthompson89 (1977) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 9, 2006
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
nice IPA!!!! i like it being unfiltered. lotsa great hoppy pine sorta citrus nose, good frothy head, lotsa floter chunks but cool to see, very bitter taste, but refreshing
BeerBelcher (972) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 9, 2006
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
A 12oz single I picked up at World Market in Greendale, WI.
This beer poured a hazy orange with a tightly woven white head with pretty good durability.
The aroma was very slightly sweet, with a very faint whiff of hops (at least for an IPA). There is no citrus, pineapple, or piney odor.
The flavor and mouthfeel struck me as a bit thin and weak. The flavor was fairly faint for an IPA. And in my mouth, I thought the beer was a bit watery and lacked the stickiness that I feel is characteristic of American IPAs.
This beer was pleasant, but not very bold (and a bit pedestrian) compared to others in the American-style IPA category.
mkgrenwel (606) - North Shore, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 8, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Light biscuit malt. Saltine crackers. Juicy orange, grapefruit and apricot. Light resin, surprising for a light malty beer. Quite strong bitterness for an IPA, but a soft bitterness. Palate is fantastic. Rich and juicy, but balanced by soft carbonation. "Soft" is probably the best adjective for this beer. This bottle is really good, but I remember it being even better on tap.
vyvvy (5858) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - DEC 6, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours amber with a sudsy off-white head that gives great lacing. The aroma is sturdy, but gentle, floral hops with some grapefruit and citrus as well. Fairly balanced with the malt. Medium body with lots of gentle soft carbonation. Flavor starts with the floral / citrus hops with a good caramel malt backing. The fnish has lots of piney / woody hops with some spice to boot. Another great beer from Smuttynose. This ranks as one of the best IPAs Iíve had.